2018 FIFA World Cup countdown: 83 days to go

Moscow, Russia (PANA) - With 83 days to go on Friday to the 14 June to 15 July World Cup finals, FIFA has featured Africa's glut of glorious goalscorers.

According to the FIFA media channel, "In less than three months – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, with the hosts taking on Saudi Arabia.

"That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown," it said, noting "Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from the history of the tournament each day."

It said FIFA is showcasing the number of African players who have scored at its World Cup.

The first of them was Egypt’s Abdelrahman Fawzi, who found the back of the net twice at Italy 1934. It was not until Mexico 1970, 36 years later, that the continent had another world finals representative – Morocco – and a second world finals goalscorer: Houmane Jarir.

Africa’s leading all-time marksman at the World Cup is Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan, who has scored six goals in the competition, the last two of them coming at Brazil 2014.

The last African to score in world football’s showpiece tournament is Algeria’s Abdelmoumene Djabou, in stoppage time of his side’s 2-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 at Brazil 2014.

In doing so, he added his name to an illustrious list that also features the likes of Roger Milla of Cameroon, Didier Drogba of Cote d'Ivoire, Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, Rabah Madjer of Algeria, Mustapha Hadji of Morocco and Rasheed Yekini of Nigeria.

The countdown continues.
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23 march 2018 06:09:18

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